Read this week’s eNEWS for a notice of upcoming events, an update on RAD donations, reminder about parent/teacher conferences, information on a Parent Education Night (which takes place this Thursday), Roosevelt spiritwear, a teacher appreciation lunch sigh-up, volunteer request for immigration simulation, an All Hallows’ Eugene event, Community Conversations regarding the November school bond measure, and a babysitter training.Read this week’s eNEWS for a notice of upcoming events, an update on RAD donations, reminder about parent/teacher conferences, information on a Parent Education Night (which takes place this Thursday), Roosevelt spiritwear, a teacher appreciation lunch sigh-up, volunteer request for immigration simulation, an All Hallows’ Eugene event, Community Conversations regarding the November school bond measure, and a babysitter training.

Upcoming Events

  • Oct. 29th (M) – Bond Community Conversation 7:00 PM (North Eugene High School Library, 200 Silver Lane)
  • Nov. 1st (Th) – Parent Education Night: The Self-Esteemed Teen (6:00-7:30 PM)
  • Nov. 2nd (F) – Bond Community Conversation 3:00 PM (Camas Ridge Elementary School, 1150 E. 29th Ave.)
  • Nov. 8th (Th) – No School – Parent Teacher Conferences (8 AM-4 PM)Nov. 9th (F) – No School (professional development)
  • Nov. 12th (M) – No School (Veteran’s Day)Nov. 15th (Th) – 6th Grade Immigration Simulation (9:30 AM-12:00 PM)
  • Nov. 22nd-23rd – Thanksgiving Break

Thank you!
Thank you to Natalie Reeves and Melissa Gomsrud for scheduling parent teacher conferences.

Thank to Trevor Means and Jamie Harms for collecting the RAD donations.

Thank you to all the parents who participated and helped with Activity Night: Gina Thompson, Heidi Zola, Rebecca Humble, Cathy Rasmussen, Anna Shipway, Anna Sim, Jessica Henley, Joanna Bartlett, Maggie Cline, Camila Echeverria, Jen Huang, Roxy Satterfield, Kate Mather, Raymond Nielsen, Matthew Riel, Larisa Lilles, Patty Boyle, Renee Turner, Cassadie Ross, Arafaat Valiani, Deanna Stevens, David Weinman and Heather Sterling Minder.

RAD Donations

Thank you to everyone who donated to Roosevelt Activity Day (RAD). As of Friday, donations totaled $15,887 Our fundraising goal for RAD is $20,000, and we can still make that goal. We will gladly accept your RAD donations all week. You may send your checks to the Roosevelt office or donate online at:https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Roosevelt-MS–Roosevelt-Activity-Day-RAD/IdKDF

We greatly appreciate your generosity to help us increase staffing and reduce class sizes.
Parent Teacher ConferencesParent/teacher conferences will take place next week, on Thursday Nov. 8th.
If you requested a parent/teacher conference, then you should receive appointment confirmations through email by mid-week. If you are expecting a confirmation and don’t receive one by Wednesday, please email Karen Kingzett:  kingzett@4j.lane.edu.

Parent Education Night:The Self-Esteemed Teen

  • Join us for PAR’s November Parent Education Night. The topic will be:
    The Self-Esteemed Teen
  • How to Nurture Confidence and Self-Value in Your Kids
  • Thursday, November 1st at 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Roosevelt Middle School Library

With all of the things competing for your child’s attention and vying for their stamp of value, it can be challenging for some to avoid the common pitfalls of teen-hood that can steal their confidence and sense of self.

Local Therapist and Roosevelt Parent, Rachel Cazavilan, is leading a discussion on how to nurture your teen’s self-worth and esteem, while encouraging them to grow and improve on inevitable mistakes and challenges. Come join, share stories, ask questions, and learn new strategies for encouraging the development of your child’s self-esteem.

Teacher Appreciation Lunch

Our first teacher appreciation event is coming up during parent-teacher conferences and we need your help! We’re providing a lunch of soup, salad, bread, and more for teachers as they meet with parents during the day on Thursday, November 8th. Check out the signup (below) and find a slot or two that works for you. Our teachers always appreciate the delicious meals we provide and we appreciate your contributions to making these events fun and successful.Sign up to bring something!
Questions? Email Alexis at ancborrevik@yahoo.com.

6th Grade Immigration Simulation

Are you interested in stepping back in time with RMS students? This unforgettable journey through time takes place on November 15th in the Gym, which is transformed into a replica of Ellis Island. Students reenact the immigration process, visiting required stations (staffed by parent volunteers). Please sign up at 6th grade Immigration Simulation.**We are also looking for a volunteer to organize the event with the support of Chava Benin and Laura Fuhriman, please contact Laura Fuhriman (fuhriman_l@4j.lane.edu) as soon as possible, if this is something that you could do.

Roosevelt Spiritwear

Show your school spirit! Roosevelt tee shirts and sweatshirts are now available to order until November 16th. Choices include short and long-sleeve t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts.
Order forms are in the office or available online:
http://roosevelt.4j.lane.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018-RMS-SPIRITWEAT-order-sheet.pdf.pdf
Checks should be made payable to Roosevelt. No exchanges or refunds.

All Hallows’ Eugene Event

The city of Eugene will be hosting an All Hallows’ Eugene event on Wednesday, Oct, 31st in downtown. The event will include trick-or-treating at local businesses, pet and people costume contests, free family activities and more..For more information click on the following link: https://www.eugene-or.gov/4001/All-Hallows-Eugene

Bond Community Conversations

You’re invited to meet with district leaders and staff to learn and ask questions about the school bond measure on the November 6th ballot:Monday, October 29, 7 p.m., North Eugene High School library, 200 Silver LnFriday, November 2, 3 p.m., Camas Ridge Elementary School, 1150 E. 29th

Do you have questions about the school bond measure on the November 6 ballot? Community members are invited to discuss the measure with Superintendent Gustavo Balderas and other 4J staff at a pair of community meetings next week. This is an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the bond measure before ballots are due. Measure 20–297, the school bond measure on the November 6 ballot, would repair schools, improve security, update technology and learning materials, support career technical education, address overcrowding and replace three aging school buildings. If the bond measure is approved by voters, property tax rates would increase by $0.66 per $1,000 of assessed value, to a total rate of $2.25 per $1,000 assessed value for Eugene School District bond debt. For the median homeowner in the district, with an assessed property value of $204,000, property taxes would increase by about $11 a month or $135 a year.
For more information about the bond, please visit: 4j.lane.edu/bond

American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training

Is your middle schooler interested in babysitting? If so, the Eugene Family YMCA is hosting an American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training on Saturday, Nov. 17th. See details below. Registration deadline is Monday, November 5th.

  • What: American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training
  • When: Saturday, November 17Time: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Who: Those 11 years and older
  • Where: EUGENE FAMILY YMCACost: $85 for Members – $95 for Non-Members (financial assistance available if needed)
  • Contact: sabrina@eugeneymca.org

In the course, students will learn how to:

  • Supervise children and infants
  • Perform basic child-care skills such as diapering, feeding and dressing
  • Choose safe, age-appropriate games and toys
  • Identify safety hazards and prevent injuries
  • Care for common injuries such as burns, cuts and bee stings
  • Communicate effectively with parents
  • Find and interview for babysitting jobs

Upon completion of the course, students will receive a Certification in Red Cross Babysitter’s Training.

School Bond Measure on November Ballot

A measure that would provide local funding for Eugene public schools is on the November 6 election ballot. The bond measure, Measure 20-297, would allow Eugene School District 4J to:

  • Make improvements at every school
  • Improve student safety, security and equity across the district
  • Provide better learning environments and materials for students
  • Boost career technical education at all 4J high schools
  • Repair and update schools that are more than 50 years old
  • Replace three aging buildings that are worn and have high energy and maintenance costs

By law, bond money can only be spent on capital improvements such as facilities, equipment, curriculum and technology. It cannot be used to pay for teachers, school days or school programs. If the measure is approved, property tax rates for Eugene School District 4J bond debt would increase by about $0.66 per $1,000 assessed value. Property taxes would increase by about $135 a year for the median homeowner in the district, with an assessed property value of $204,000. Voters must be registered by October 16 to vote in this election. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters beginning October 17 and must be returned to the county elections office or an official ballot drop box by November 6, 8 p.m. For more information, please see www.4j.lane.edu/bond.

Propuesta de Emisión de Bonos Para las Escuelas

Una propuesta de emisión de bonos en la boleta del 6 de noviembre podría proporcionar fondos para las escuelas públicas de Eugene. Los fondos obtenidos a través de la propuesta de emisión de bonos, Propuesta 20-297, le permitirían al Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J:

  • Realizar mejoras en todas las escuelas
  • Mejorar la seguridad y equidad estudiantil en todo el distrito
  • Proporcionar mejores instalaciones y materiales educativos para los alumnos
  • Mejorar la educación técnica y profesional en todas las escuelas preparatorias
  • Reparar y actualizar las escuelas que tienen más de 50 años
  • Reemplazar tres edificios deteriorados cuyo energía y mantenimiento resulta muy caro

Por ley, el dinero de los bonos sólo puede ser utilizado en mejoras de capital como instalaciones, equipo, currículo y tecnología. No puede ser utilizado para pagar a los maestros, días de escuela, o programas escolares. Si la propuesta es aprobada, los impuestos a la propiedad para la deuda del bono del Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J aumentarían aproximadamente en 66 centavos por cada $1.000 de valor limitado de tasación. Los impuestos a la propiedad aumentarían aproximadamente en $135 al año para los hogares promedios del distrito, que estén avaluados en $204.000. Los votantes deben estar registrados antes del 16 de octubre para votar en esta elección. Las papeletas de votación se enviarán por correo a los votantes registrados a partir del 17 de octubre. Las papeletas se deben devolver a la oficina de elecciones del condado o a una urna electoral hasta las 8 p.m. del 6 de noviembre. Para mayor información, por favor visite www.4j.lane.edu/bond o llame a 541-790-7707.